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Rhonda G. Patrick will serve as the founding Executive Director of the new Austin-Travis County Sobering Center, a facility created to address public safety issues related to public intoxication more effectively than a jail cell. The Sobering Center, a joint project between the...
The Austin Police Operation Blue Santa needs volunteers to join in the fun of delivering packages to families and children starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017. There is no need to sign up ahead of time. Those wishing to volunteer can simply arrive at the Austin Police...
A spokesman says former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge expects to leave a Texas medical facility in time to be home in Maryland for Christmas. Ridge suffered a heart attack on Nov. 16 while attending a Republican Governors Association conference in Austin, Texas. He'...
The City of Austin and Travis County are preparing to announce the appointment of a permanent Executive Director of a new Sobering Center to tackle binge drinking and public intoxication on the streets of Austin. The Executive Director will be named and introduced at a press...
Average retail gasoline prices in Austin have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.17/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 830 gas outlets in Austin. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the last...
(Photo: Shutterstock by Vitezslav Valka) Austin will get some more new pedestrian crosswalk signals in the coming weeks. Austin City Council has approved five new pedestrian hybrid beacons to be installed at Burnet at Ashdale, Pleasant Valley at Sheringham, Congress Ave at E...
(Photo: Shutterstock by frank60) The zika virus has returned to south Texas. There are three new cases in the Rio Grande Valley. Baylor's Dr. Peter Hotez... who is an infectious disease expert, is not surprised. He says it happened the same time last year, and the mosquito that...
(Photo: Shutterstock by everything possible) While Texas remains a leader in controlling what some consider lawsuit abuse, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas board chairman Roger Borgelt said that could always change. He believes we haven't gone too far in...
(Photo: Shutterstock by tonktiti) The Round Rock school district has now rolled out its text alert system to all grade levels and campuses. The district's Jenny Lacoste-Caputo said it's really proven to be a great way to keep parents in the loop if they have kids who ride the...